What is the American Airlines Airpass? How AA once offered a lifetime of flights for $250,000

"We thought originally it would be something that firms would buy for top employees...it soon became apparent the public was smarter than we were." Bob Crandall, American Airlines CEO & Chairman 1985-1998 The early 1980's were a time of difficulty for American Airlines. The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, a law that was arguably quite … Continue reading What is the American Airlines Airpass? How AA once offered a lifetime of flights for $250,000

Sears at Christmas in 2019

To put it simply, the American retail icon Sears has had by all metrics a terrible decade. Their last profitable year was 2010. The store count has nearly vanished and the below chart from Business Insider is shocking, but not too surprising to see. They also spun off or sold their most valuable assets, the … Continue reading Sears at Christmas in 2019

Cashback apps: What is Dosh? What is Rakuten?

I'm always on the hunt for easy ways to earn money by doing, well, almost nothing. That is why I have used web and smartphone apps that easily give cash back for retailers I often shop with. The two I have had a good experience with are Dosh and Rakuten (formerly Ebates). The costs of … Continue reading Cashback apps: What is Dosh? What is Rakuten?

Dead Malls: Columbia Mall / Columbia Colonnade, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

We begin our series on fleeting retail where we will explore the transition of American commerce from places like malls to largely either online sales, discount retailers, or high end shopping. The middle American mall is fading and Credit Suisse estimated in 2017 that 20-25% of American malls will close by 2022. Columbia Mall, Bloomsburg, … Continue reading Dead Malls: Columbia Mall / Columbia Colonnade, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

What are ‘Marlboro Miles’?: A look back at the odd marketing of tobacco and outdoor living

In 1993, cigarette maker Marlboro rolled out the Marlboro Adventure Team which was essentially a tobacco tinged lifestyle brand that promoted campy outdoor activities via branded merchandise that could be obtained from a catalog with "Marlboro Miles". A trip down the rabbit hole reveals some pretty weird content like the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HWaI77IUlk Marlboro Adventure … Continue reading What are ‘Marlboro Miles’?: A look back at the odd marketing of tobacco and outdoor living

Does Forever 21’s bankruptcy signify the fall of fast fashion?

I remember walking into an H&M for the first time in roughly 2005. As someone born and raised in a rural area in the northeast, I had not encountered clothing that was both “cool” and affordable until this very moment. Like many others in this era, I was mesmerized by the concept of hip clothes … Continue reading Does Forever 21’s bankruptcy signify the fall of fast fashion?

Why are people still buying blank cassettes?

To be an effective online reseller, one must stay on top of trends of items that sell successfully. Knowing what to spot in a clearance section or thrift store is pivotal. In my over a decade of reselling, trends have shifted but what I have noticed recently is the success of nostalgia electronics. So any … Continue reading Why are people still buying blank cassettes?